The name ‘big little planet’ appeared from nowhere over breakfast one Sunday morning in the spring of 2012. It hadn’t been long since we’d decided to leave the UK and had booked a one way flight to Thailand on a quest to ‘travel the world’ – indefinitely.
We’d decided that as we were going to be travelling for a long period of time, it’d be a good idea to have a website where we could share our experiences and thoughts. We had a problem though, neither of us was particularly knowledgable about how to build or manage a successful website, however with the help of some good friends, and the simplicity of WordPress, we are managing to get our website up and running and hopefully over time, we’ll fill it with informative and opinionated stuff about the world, the places we visit and how we feel about it all.
So why the name? Well, it’s simple. Our planet is big. Very big, in fact the more that you travel, the bigger it seems to become. As we tick off the places we’ve visited, another two destinations appear on our list of places we want to go to, and just as you discover one hidden gem, you realise that there are so many more just like it, waiting to be found.
So just how big is our planet?
At about 4.54 billion years old, with a circumference around the equator of 24,901 miles (40,075 kilometers), the highest point at 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) above sea level and the deepest point on the ocean floor at 35,813 feet (10,916 meters), 196 countries, 7.04 Billion people, at least 21 recognised world religions, 7000 different languages, and 1.7 million types of animal / plant species, there’s definitely plenty to see, taste, hear, smell, feel, discover, experience and learn.
What about the ‘little’ part of the name? We have found that as you travel, meet new people and discover more about the world, there are times when you experience very intimate moments which, when shared with someone from another country or culture (whether it’s a simple smile and nod of understanding between you and a nomadic Mongolian or simply buying food at a market when you don’t share any language) these are the little things which help us to connect with the world and make our planet feel like one little rock amongst the vastness of the universe.
In addition to this, and far less romantic but equally important, is the fact that the world we live in today can be as isolated or integrated as we want. With approximately 297 airlines constantly flying around the world, we are never more than about 48 hours from anywhere and with modern technology at our finger tips, in our backpacks and on our laps, we can appear in anyone’s living room for a chat at the touch of a button, for free! That’s how little our planet really is. How cool is that!
Having his technology also enables us to work as we travel, keeping our little adventure alive and we’ve since discovered that the trend of working remotely is just the beginning, as more and more people take to their laptops to work from home or wherever they happen to be. The life of a ‘digital nomad’ is becoming increasingly popular.